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LEVEL OF AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS IN TAIF UNIVERSITY TOWARD KERATOCONUS, TAIF, SAUDI ARABIA

Rahma A. Algethami; Layla M. Alkhaldi; Abeer I. Alsulaimani and Aymen A. Atalla


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  <dc:creator>Rahma A. Algethami</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Layla M. Alkhaldi</dc:creator>
  <dc:creator>Abeer I. Alsulaimani and Aymen A. Atalla</dc:creator>
  <dc:date>2021-09-14</dc:date>
  <dc:description>Objectives:To determine the level of awareness of keratoconus (KC)among students at Taif University in Taif, Saudi Arabia.

Subjects and Methods:A cross-sectional study was done on 957 students from Taif university, KSAfrom March to August 2021. An online-based survey was done using a pr-designed questionnaire that included items on socio-demographic data, having KC, and awareness about KC.

Results: 33.8% of students heard about KC, 12.7% heard about it from social media, and 29.5% reported that KC is a thin protruded cornea. Almost half 53.6% reported that KC might lead to myopia, 24.6% is related to allergy, 33.9% thought it is hereditary and the majority 49.2% did not know its treatment. The prevalence of poor, fair, and good knowledge regarding KC was 48.9%, 38.1%, and 13% respectively. Femalessignificantlyknewthe relationship between KC and myopia, allergy, and heredity, did not know KC treatment and had good knowledge aboutKCcompared to males. Non-medical students had a significanthigher percent of those who knew that KC is a thin protruded cornea but did not know KC treatment.

Conclusion: This study revealed insufficient knowledge regarding KC among studied students. This is a need to increase awareness about KC through health awareness programs and community campaigns for better eye health.</dc:description>
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  <dc:subject>Awareness Students Taif Keratoconus Saudi Arabia</dc:subject>
  <dc:title>LEVEL OF AWARENESS AMONG STUDENTS IN TAIF UNIVERSITY TOWARD KERATOCONUS, TAIF, SAUDI ARABIA</dc:title>
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